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Arizona Names J.R. Sloan as Permanent State IT Chief

Sloan had been serving as the interim chief information officer since the departure of Morgan Reed in July 2019. Reed left state service to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

J.R. Sloan - Arizona CIO
Arizona CIO J.R. Sloan
Image courtesy State of Arizona Enterprise Technology via LinkedIn
J.R. Sloan has been named as the permanent chief information officer for the state of Arizona. He had been serving as interim CIO since the departure of Morgan Reed in July.

Reed stepped away from state government to pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

"Interim Chief Information Officer J.R. Sloan is now the permanent CIO of the state effective immediately. With over 35 years of experience in the public and private sector, J.R. is a leader who empowers his colleagues and partners to achieve goals," the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET) office said in a LinkedIn post. 

He has been a key point person for the rollout of the state’s cloud first policy, an initiative for cloud adoption at the Department of Administration and other state agencies. Sloan has been with the state of Arizona since 2013, after a 20-year career in the private tech industry.

In September, officials told Government Technology of Sloan’s plans to pilot blockchain applications, use machine learning to a wider degree and create an app for government services.  

Skip Descant writes about smart cities, the Internet of Things, transportation and other areas. He spent more than 12 years reporting for daily newspapers in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and California. He lives in downtown Sacramento.
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